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9 Must Watch Summer Movies

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Summer is sneaking up on us and before you know it, it’s fall.  But you want to hold on to that summer spirit as long as possible and the best way to do that is to go to the movies.  Movies capture who we are at a moment in time and 2013 seems to be the most epic so far.  With movies about love, action, mystery and intrigue, there is a bevy of worlds to explore. So, why not start with these nine.


Robert Downy Jr. in Iron Man 3. Image from Collider.com

1.Iron Man 3 – May 3

Yes, I know it’s too early to be considered summer but Iron Man 3, like The Avengers last year, is the official start of the summer blockbuster.  Iron Man 3 marks the second phase of the Marvel cinematic universe and it looks like a very good start.  Out with Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 and 2, Elf) as director and in with Shane Black.  Black, if you don’t know wrote Lethal Weapon back in 1987 and wrote and directed the cult classic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which if you haven’t is well worth the watch.  The third installment in the Iron Man franchise is taking a darker tone, from what the trailers depict, and should be a terrific time at the movies.





2. The Great Gatsby – May 10

While I’m not too excited for this movie, people are biting their nails in anticipation for the release of this film.  From Baz Lurhmann, the director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby is going to a visual treat with his audacious artistic eye and the use of 3D.  Others may be excited for the soundtrack. With guest appearances by Jay-Z, Florence and The Machine, and Emilie Sandé the soundtrack looks to be a hit all on its own.





Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong face off on the poster for The Hangover Part III, a spoof of the final Harry Potter film poster. Image from Total Film

3. The Hangover Part III – May 24

The Wolfpack is back in the third and final installment of the Hangover trilogy.  The first film was considered the funniest film in a long while back in 2009.  The sequel wasn’t met with too much high praise, as it was a retread of the first film with a different backdrop.  The Hangover Part III looks much darker and cruder than the two before it but looks like a good time at the movies with friends.







4. Man of Steel – June 14

The first Superman film back in 1978 was groundbreaking for its visual effects and great storytelling.  The sequel two years later improved on everything yet with the next three Superman films the quality diminished leaving a bad taste in the mouths of fans.  Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) look to change the trend of terrible Superman movies around with Man of SteelDavid S. Goyer, the co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, wrote this film so expectations are extremely high.  An all-star cast including Amy Adams, Michael ShannonHenry Cavill, and Russell Crowe means that this film should be nothing less that exceptional.




Poster for World War Z

Brad Pitt overlooks the destruction in World War Z. Image from IMP Awards

5. World War Z – June 21

World War Z is the zombie epic based on the novel of the same name.  While it doesn’t necessarily follow the story structure of the novel, it looks like it provides some thrills.  Director Marc Forester (Quantum of Solace, Monster’s Ball) is at the helm of this zombie epic but his spotty track record may leave some with a bit of worry.  But like many of the films on this list, the casting is top notch with Brad Pitt at the forefront.






Poster for Pacific Rim

The scale of the robots are highlighted on the poster for Pacific Rim. Image from Collider

6. Pacific Rim – July 12

Pacific Rim is the first original film on this list and it’s the biggest in scale.  Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) directs this gigantic tale of huge human powered mech suits fighting off aliens invading Earth.  The shear scale set forth in the posters and trailers make this the perfect film to watch in IMAX 3D.  With Del Toro’s uncanny striking visuals, this could be one big treat for the eyes.






The poster for The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman shows his bezerker rage in the poster for The Wolverine. Image from Collider

7. The Wolverine – July 26

Set some years after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine travels to Japan to become the mutant we know in the comics.  Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine for his sixth appearance as the comic book character.  Not much promotional material has come forth but with what’s already out it looks darker than the first X-Men Origins film, which is welcoming.







Poster for Elysium

Matt Damon shows off the gear from Elysium. Image from Entertainment Weekly

8. Elysium – August 9

District 9 blew many people away with its sharp storytelling and tremendous action.  Neill Blomkamp, both as writer and director, returns with Elysium to bring another sharp sci-fi epic staring Matt Damon.  The film takes place in 2154 where the poverty stricken live on Earth and the wealthy live on a space station hovering over Earth.  Original films are rare in Hollywood nowadays so films like this and Pacific Rim need to be cherished.






poster for the sequel to Machete, Machete Kills

Danny Trejo is mad as all hell on the teaser for Machete Kills. Image from Collider

9. Machete Kills – September 13

Machete came out back in 2010 and was a balls-to-the-wall Mexploitation farce of the low-budget films of the 1970s.  Robert Rodriguez returns with another no-holds-barred, all non-sense action flick with the craziest cast.  Danny Trejo leads this weird cast of Sofía Vergara, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, and Amber Heard.  This is the type of film to watch with a full crowd.






Some honorable mentions are Star Trek Into Darkness, This Is The End, 300: Rise of an Empire, Kick-Ass 2, The Lone Ranger, Fast and Furious 6, The Conjuring, Red 2, R.I.P.D., and plenty of others.  Summer blockbusters are the most exciting time to be at the movies with heart-pounding action, the chemistry between you and the characters, and the drama too good to be missed.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.